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Wilton Youth Soccer
Wilton 2007 Boys White Defeat Westport, 6-3
Wilton 2007 Boys White beat Westport 6-3 on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Long Lots School. Wilton’s first goal was scored by Kenji Sahay. The goalie for the first half was Toby Plowright. Defensemen for the first half were Liam Christ, Evan Arghirescu and Dominic Cilento. Nathaniel Kalter played right forward. Jack Vermeulen played left forward in the first half and left defensemen in the second half. During the 2nd half, Quinn Minozzi scored, followed by Sahay, Tyler Coppola, Andrew Partenza and Coppola again. The fearless goalie for the second half was Connor Toohill.
Wilton Boys U9/2008 Blue Tromps Bethel, 11-5
Wilton Boys Blue 2008 defeated Bethel 11-5. Wilton’s goals were scored by Liam Joy (5), Harrison DeStefano (2), Brendan Morris (2), Eamonn Zadourian (1) and Nolan Milhoua (1).
Bethel scored first but the Warriors came on strong as Jake Padilla made several great saves and Brad Mallory stopped Bethel on the defensive end and took it up the field for an assist to Milhoua. The game was 6-2 at halftime. At the start of the second half, Cooper Buchichio and Nicholas Marini applied consistent offensive pressure. Bethel tried to fight back but James Dineen and Blake Ongley played tenacious defense down the stretch to keep the game well out of their reach.
Wilton Boys U10 Blue Keeps Ridgefield Scoreless, 5-0
Wilton Boys U10 Blue played Ridgefield Sunday evening to a 5-0 win. Stefano Cross started off the scoring with a blistering goal with an assist from Will Soucy. Cross continued his scoring ways with a second goal just before halftime to take a 2-0 lead. Wilton kept pressure on Ridgefield with Alessandro Ochoa, Evan Lalor, and Soucy taking shots on goal in the first half. Luke Perna had a clean sheet in goal for the first half and made four fantastic saves.
Wilton’s defense was anchored by Jack Barker (Captain), Matthew Demasi, Maddox Backman, and Finn Burke.
Wilton came out in the second half where they left off when Perna scored on an assist from Cross. They quickly added the fourth goal of the game when Backman scored on an assist from Burke. The team continued to pressure Ridgefield with Amit Soloman and Charlie Roy taking multiple shots on goal. Jack Crossen scored on a Backman corner kick with a one touch shot for the final goal of the game.
Lalor locked down the Ridgefield team and posted his first clean sheet of the year in goal for the second half of the game.
Wilton Boys U9 White Wins Home Opener Over Westport, 7-2
The Wilton Boys U9 White team won its home opener on Sunday against Westport with a decisive 7-2 victory. The boys built an early lead and netted five goals by halftime, while maintaining a strong defensive presence throughout. Dalton Lee played strong in goal during the first half while Wyatt Lee opened the scoring. Robbie Baronowski, Mick Hamilton and Bar Eisdorfer controlled the tempo and helped initiate the attack in the midfield. Greg Bocchino added a brace in addition to goals by Michael DiLullo and Peter Braid in the first half.
The second half brought on a slight change in tactics as the boys looked to fall back and the counter when given the opportunity. Jack Cunningham made several strong challenges in the defensive effort followed by strong runs of his own. Solid effort from both Anthony Palumbo and Jack McMenamey was rewarded with goals. Braid and Eisdorfer shared goalkeeping responsibility in the second half and turned back several strong efforts by Westport. The team hits the road again to visit New Canaan this Sunday and will come ready to play with it trademark effort, attitude and intensity.
Wilton Girls U10/2007 White Shuts out Monroe, 6-0
Both Wilton and Monroe began Sunday’s game a bit flat with most of the action taking place midfield. However, around the three-minute mark, Grace Ratcliffe broke away from the pack and fired a shot on goal which hit the post. The attempt changed the momentum of the game as Wilton went on the attack. Sophia Partola stole the ball and put another shot on goal. The warrior defense led by Elizabeth Crocitto, Chloe Flatt and Quincy Burke swarmed any rush made by Monroe. Meanwhile Julia Monroe, Ashley O’Donnell and Ellie Drew pressured Monroe until O’Donnell was rewarded with the game’s first goal. Monroe’s first shot on goal came towards the end of the first half only to be blocked by Abby Phelan in goal.
The second half is where Wilton poured it on as Carolin Cronin and Mia Sommer helped Wilton in shutting out Monroe 6-0.
Wilton GU11 Blue has Disappointing Loss to FUSA, 1-6
Wilton Warriors Girl’s U11 Blue took on the Fairfield FUSA U11 girl’s team in Fairfield. The defensive line up of Molly Kaeyer, Isabelle Barbieri and Morgan Breakey defended well under heavy pressure from Fairfield. Wilton’s mid-fielders Kaitlyn Sullivan, Alexa Furst and Fiona Gibbons worked hard throughout the first half to move the ball up the field, while Wilton goalies Addison Pattillo and Brooke Aleksiejczyk deflected multiple shots on the Wilton goal. It looked like Pattillo was going to get the first goal on Fairfield as it soared over the goalie’s hands, but it hit the crossbar! Unfortunately, Fairfield’s continued pressure resulted in three goals for Fairfield in the first half.
In the second half, Wilton goalies Aleksiejczyk and Jane Hughes were fearless in goalkeeping against multiple shots taken by Fairfield. Defender Cosette Lepore used her fancy footwork to advance the ball up the field while Gibbons, Barbieri and Furst defended. In a foul against Pattillo, mid-fielder Kaitlyn Zizzadoro took the penalty kick and put the ball just over the Fairfield goalie’s hand for Wilton’s only goal, a truly amazing shot! Striker Riley Fitzgerald was super fast getting to the ball and had some great crosses. Once again, Fairfield’s continued pressure ended the game in a disappointing 1-6 win for Fairfield.
Wilton Boys U11 Blue Finishes Third in Madison MIST Tournament
Wilton Boys U11 Blue traveled north this weekend for the two-day Madison MIST tournament. They got off to a great start on Saturday against Canton with an early goal by Luke Ginsburg from a cross by Tucker Farrell. A second goal came soon after off a throw in and a strong cross from Andrew Ryan that bent its way into the goal. Excellent goal tending by Mac McGovern held Canton scoreless in the first half. Canton answered back with two goals in the second to tie it at 2-2.
The second game against ELSA, the eventual winner of the U11 Black division, was a hard fought battle where Wilton held its own with a solid defensive effort lead by Henry Roy, Finn Kaeyer and Cameron Royle. Wilton’s offense kept the ELSA defense on their toes with many unconverted opportunities. Superior goal tending by Charlie Clune held Wilton at a 0-1 loss.
Sunday saw Wilton face Clinton in the first game, getting off to a quick start from a strong goal from McGovern followed up soon after by a left cross from Griffin Palmer to Ginsburg for the second goal of the game. A strong corner from Ginsburg resulted in the third goal of the game rebounding off the shoulder of one of the Clinton players. The tenacious offensive line consisting of Jamie Whittaker, Declan Zadourian and Connor Buchichio put constant pressure on the Clinton defense resulting in a great pass off the left side from Whittaker to an wide open Ryan for a game ending 4-1 win.
The team’s final game of the weekend against Madison had Wilton dominating the first half and most of the game with excellent ball movement and passing by the Warrior boys at offense. McGovern converted many of these opportunities resulting in four goals! Buchichio also cashed in on a great pass from the right side from Palmer to score. After his many assists, Palmer scored two goals ending the team’s weekend with a 7-0 win and a third place finish in the tournament.
Wilton Youth Football
Wilton 7 Blue Beats Fairfield Black, 27-12
Wilton 7th Grade Blue beat Fairfield Black 27-12 on a steamy Sunday, Sept. 18 afternoon. The Warriors’ running attack was in power mode from the first series of the game when they produced a 70-yard drive over the entire first quarter of play. The buffalo line of Matt Giller, Quinn Kiss, Dylan Smith, Connor Robertson, Michael Breen, Eddie Keller, Craig Hyzy, Daniel Doran, and Ben Calabrese dominated the trenches and Kevin Hyzy capped off the long drive with a one-yard sneak. Jake Sommer, Matt Claps, and Sean Wisemen led the rushing attack again in the second drive, which ended on a 25-yard pass from Hyzy to Mikey Longo. After a Fairfield score on two long runs, Wilton went back on attack behind the blocking of Michael Whitman, Joe Schiavone, Michael Munrow, and Ciara Garcia, which allowed Sommer to gallop 65 yards to pay dirt. Wilton led 21-12 at the end of the third quarter.
The Wilton defense harassed the Fairfield offense for the remainder of the game with sacks by Keller, Robertson, and Breen; numerous deflected passes by Smith, Nevin Belanger, and Calabrese; and a brilliant interception run back by George DiRocco. The Warriors dominated again in the fourth quarter with an 8-minute drive with multiple grinding runs by Claps, Sommer, Hyzy, and Wiseman. Claps closed out the scoring with a two-yard plunge to end the game 27-12 Warriors.
Wilton 6 Blue Tops New Canaan Black, 12-7
In a game that felt more like a November playoff game than an early season match up, rivals Wilton 6th Grade Blue and New Canaan Black met up on Saturday night at Fujitani field for what was a great football game.
The game started out as a defensive battle with the first half completely dominated by both teams’ defenses. On the Wilton side, linebackers Xander Petrides, Quinn Stengrim, and Griffen Turner delivered punishing blows against the New Canaan runners, while defensive tackle Jamie Cristini disrupted the backfield, breaking through double-team blocks on almost every play. On the other side of the ball New Canaan’s defense returned the favor and frustrated Wilton’s running attack with unrelenting blitzes. The first half ended with no score and very little offense.
New Canaan started the second half with the ball but was not able to get much going on offense and was forced to punt. Wilton started their first drive of the third quarter on their own 39 yard line. Runs by Christopher Capone and Andrew Acosta-Rua, and a 20-yard reception by Caleb Rath, moved Wilton to the New Canaan 20-yard line only to see the drive stall.
New Canaan’s offense was once again smothered and decided to not punt and go for it on fourth down. Wilton got the ball back on the New Canaan 35-yard line. A quick screen from Acosta-Rua to Capone moved the ball to the New Canaan 20 only to turn it over on the next play on a bad exchange. Wilton made another defensive stop, this time with a key tackle from Nicholas Walden that forced New Canaan to punt once again.
With a little over four minutes left in the game, Wilton–starting on their own 40-yard line–scored the first touchdown of the evening on a 60-yard pass reception by Stengrim. Wilton did not convert the point after. Then it was New Canaan’s turn. With just two minutes left in the game New Canaan scored its first touchdown of the evening and, with the conversion of the extra point, took the lead 7-6.
With two minutes left in the game, Wilton struck fast with a 45-yard pass from Acosta-Rua to Turner. Three quick completions moved Wilton to the 6-yard line where Capone was able to get out of bounds and stop the clock with 10 seconds left. A run by Acosta-Rua behind the offensive line of Andrew Kress, Cristini, Alexander Dempster, Luke Totten and fullback Petrides put this hard fought game away.
Wilton 3rd Grade Blanks New Canaan Black, 19-0
On Saturday, Wilton’s 3rd grade football team celebrated their second victory against New Canaan Black. The game got off to a great start with the Wilton D-line made up of Max Totten, Grant Stein, Marco Chila, Curtis Jackson, Kieran Wiseman and Theo Satrazemis stopping New Canaan Black for a three-and-out. Wilton came back with a touchdown on a sweep run by Craig O’Neill to make it 7-0. Following the touchdown, New Canaan went three-and-out again after a great tackle by Emma VanHeyst. The defense continued to shine with impressive tackling by Charlie Calabrese, Chila, and Jackson, ending the first half at Wilton 7, New Canaan Black 0.
The second half continued the defensive dominance with Trevien Goldman, Evan Christianson, Stein, Blake Ongley, Mason Behar, Quint Furman, Dylan Gallo, and Phillip Mouracade helping create a fumble which was then recovered by Wiseman. With the ball back, Calabrese ran it in for a touchdown behind great blocking by Satrazemis, Will Byrnes, Josh Meltzer, Lincoln Jones, William McDonald, and Furman, making the score Wilton 13, New Canaan Black 0. After a couple more defensive stops by Wilton, the offense had the ball back, and on a third-and-long, late in the game Jake Padilla ran a big reverse for an important first down setting up a touchdown drive. This led to a touchdown catch by Charlie Roy, making the score Wilton 19, New Canaan Black 0.
In the end the Wilton defense continued to shine with a fumble recovery by Hunter Lishnoff in the final minute of the game to close it out. Wilton wins 19-0.
Wilton 4 Blue Sinks Darien Blue, 16-0
On Saturday, Wilton 4th Grade Blue won the game in the trenches. The offensive line of Maja Driscoll, Jack Huntley, Cole Siegel, Liam Murphy, Ryan Meenan, Henry Soojian, Liam McKiernan, Liam Snyder and Will Cristini controlled the line of scrimmage, opening up holes for Charlie Keller, Ray Ferranti, Nate Jackson, Ryan Luchetta and the other backs all game long.
On their second drive, Wilton moved the ball down the field on 10 straight running plays with Jack Schwartz punching it in for the touchdown from the one-yard line. Luke Ginsburg added two points with the kick. Two drives later, Wilton used the run to set up the pass, completing a perfect 50-plus yard pass play from Luchetta to Ginsburg for the second touchdown. Ginsburg made it 16-0 with the successful kick.
Wilton’s defense came up big all day and made monster tackles when they needed them. Darien couldn’t get the passing game going at all with Cole Galante and Ferranti breaking up every pass attempt. The Warriors recorded 14 tackles for a loss from 10 players–Schwartz, Cael Dexter, Ryan Stocker, Connor Boland, CJ Young, Siegel, Jaxon Thomas, Snyder, Luchetta, and Jackson. Wilton rebounded well from last week’s loss and re-established themselves as contenders.
Wilton 8 White Dominates Darien White, 22-6
Wilton 8th grade White stepped on the gridiron at Royle School in Darien on a crisp Saturday morning with one goal in mind–keeping their undefeated record alive. It was a goal they achieved after solidly dominating Darien, pounding out a 22-6 win and building their record to 3-0. Wilton’s defense was exceptionally impressive, holding Darien to only one earned first down the entire game.
Darien started the game on offense and received a quick punch in the mouth after Wilton’s Matt Gulbin stopped the first run attempt with a smothering sack and loss of yards. Wilton’s defensive line of Gulbin, Mike Burton, Howie Long, Michael Coffey and Evan Kauh held strong, forcing a quick three-and-out to give Wilton the ball on their own 40-yard line after Trevor Martines’ punt return.
Wilton’s first offensive drive took the remainder of the entire first quarter after more flags flew than at the United Nations, costing Wilton dozens of yards and at one point putting the offense at first down and nearly 40 yards to go. Wilton’s offense didn’t fold under pressure though, and after a beautiful 30-yard pass connection from John Stanley to Jimmy McKiernan, Wilton ended the first quarter with first-and-goal on Darien’s 2-yard line.
The second quarter started with a quick dive touchdown by Sean Sullivan and Ryan van Heyst putting it through the uprights for an additional two points, giving Wilton an 8-0 lead. Another quick three-and-out by Darien was created thanks to a third down crushing tackle by Long on an outside sweep attempt by Darien. Wilton regained the ball and scored once again with a beautiful 36-yard touchdown run by Mack Kepner, a rookie who has quickly become one to watch on offense.
The third quarter was a thing of beauty by Wilton, as powerful blocking by Gulbin, Max Greenberg and Kauh allowed for the repeated one-two punch of Sullivan powering through the defensive line followed by Martines breaking ankles. The Wilton offense easily marched to a third touchdown, giving Wilton a 22-0 lead.
Darien was able to hold the ball for only two plays until Stanley made a beautiful interception to give back the ball to Wilton. The Warriors’ only three-and-out followed, but after a perfect punt by Long, Darien was forced to start on their own two yard line. On third down-and-five, Ryan Witty broke through Darien’s defensive line for a sack that caused a fumble recovered by Long, giving Wilton the ball once again, and crumbling any hope by Darien of a close game.
In the final minutes, Darien’s offense showed great resolve, taking the ball to the air and eventually scoring, to bring the final score to 22-6, keeping Wilton White’s unbeaten record alive.